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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. District court may have struck a blow to the McCain-Feingold campaign finance restrictions this past week, but the law's proponents quickly regrouped and say it's not all that bad.That was the gist of a Washington, D.C., briefing Wednesday, in which McCain-Feingold supporters pressed their case for the law in spite of last week's court decision striking down key parts of the law.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday successfully fended off a challenge from Democratic trial lawyer Bill McBride to win re-election in Florida. It was a race that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe had declared his party's number one priority this year. "He ran a hard race," Bush said of his defeated opponent in a victory speech. "Now is the time to unite us as a state." But Democrats will get the keys to the governors' offices in three mega-states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With insurers and corporate defendants desperate to resolve costly asbestos lawsuits before the politics of the 2004 presidential year intervenes, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday pressed forward with a bill to resolve the estimated 200,000 asbestos cases clogging the nation's courts.The plan, originally penned by committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) but amended by the committee on Tuesday, would replace lawsuits with a national $180 billion trust fund paid for by insurers and corporate defendants and regulated by the federal government.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore's decision not to run for president in 2004 comes as a relief to the crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who were eagerly awaiting some decision from him.In fact, Gore's indecision until now has kept a lot of donors and potential campaign staffers on hold, complained Craig T. Smith, a spokesman for Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who was Gore's running mate in 2000.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democrats won't win the presidency in 2004 by clinging to "old-school liberal-think," said Connecticut Sen. and former Al Gore running mate Joseph Lieberman at a National Press Club luncheon on Monday.In a still-crowded pack of Democratic candidates - and in a week in which Vermont liberal Howard Dean is on the covers of both Time and Newsweek - Lieberman is trying to stake out the political center.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Given the razor-thin margin by which George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000, no state, even one with only five electoral votes, can be taken for granted in a re-election strategy. West Virginia is definitely on the map for the president and his political advisers.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A handful of former Clinton administration officials decided to try their hand at elected office this year, but many of them may see their dreams dashed on Election Day.To be sure, some are riding high in pre-election polls. Former Clinton Energy Secretary Bill Richardson was beating GOP state Rep. John Sanchez in the governor's race, 59 percent to 35 percent, as of a February poll.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: This is another in the series of profiles of Democrats running for their party's 2004 presidential nomination.)(CNSNews.com) - Some polls show her in the middle of the pack, still trailing the Democratic presidential campaign frontrunner by a hefty margin, but ahead of current members of Congress. Other recent polls show her near the bottom, with 2 or 3 percent support. Still, Carol Mosely Braun insists she is "uniquely qualified to do the job of president."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - Democrats and liberal groups have unrelentingly characterized the president's dividend tax cut proposal as a tax give-away to the wealthy, with little benefit to the economy or lower- and middle-income Americans.But according to calculations by the Tax Foundation, not only would Bush's dividend tax cut spur long-term economic growth, but it would also mean zero federal income tax liability for an additional three million families. That's due primarily to expansion of the child tax credit from $600 to $1,000 per child.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Adds details of North Carolina primary and corrects number of states holding elections.)(CNSNews.com) - While there are only a few close races in the twelve states that hold primaries Tuesday, the results will usher in the post-Labor Day political season and establish several key November match-ups that determine who controls the U.S. Senate in 2003. Republicans must defend more open seats in the Senate and governorships than the Democrats.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - With strong support from the White House, Republicans hope to restore most, if not all, of the tax cuts removed from the Senate budget package in a surprising 51-48 vote on Tuesday."Let's see what the ultimate outcome is," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer after senators dealt an unexpected blow to the president''s economic stimulus plan and its centerpiece $726 billion, 10-year dividend tax cut."That vote is not the final vote," he stated. "There are many more to come."
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Democratic trial lawyer is neck and neck with Republican Sen. Wayne Allard in one of the races that will determine which political party controls the Senate in 2003.Former Clinton administration U.S. attorney Tom Strickland tied his rival in a September Zogby poll of likely voters, with each man garnering 42 percent support. Another 16 percent remained undecided or supported the Libertarian candidate. Strickland lost to Allard in 1996.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Do America's colleges and universities need congressional oversight to produce well-educated adults? Some in Congress think so. The upshot could be standardized tests and reporting requirements.The Higher Education Act, an omnibus bill that funnels $80 billion a year to institutions of higher learning, is due for reauthorization this year - a time in which state governments have been forced to scale back or make cuts.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican Gov. Jeb Bush Tuesday successfully fended off a challenge from Democratic trial lawyer Bill McBride to win re-election in Florida. It was a race that Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe had declared his party's number one priority this year. "He ran a hard race," Bush said of his defeated opponent in a victory speech. "Now is the time to unite us as a state." But Democrats will get the keys to the governors' offices in three mega-states - Michigan, Pennsylvania and Illinois.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Update: In late night sessions, both the House and the Senate passed legislation to help senior citizens pay their prescription drug bills. The bills, which are very different, must now be reconciled, but that won't be easy. Democrats complain that the House bill depends too heavily on the private sector. The following report was filed before the House and Senate voted early Friday morning.)
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican governors who support tax increases hurt their party's image and economy, analysts believe. While GOP Govs. Bill Owens of Colorado and Jeb Bush of Florida earned respect for cutting taxes, Govs. John Engler (Michigan), Don Sundquist (Tennessee), John Rowland (Connecticut), Bob Taft (Ohio) and Bill Graves (Kansas) have all sullied their reputations amongst fiscal conservatives by supporting tax or spending increases.